Project Serve: The Return

Project Serve 2017 Photo and Team Video Contest

For the third year in a row, the PVC will sponsor the Project Serve Photo Contest. All Project Serve Participants are invited to enter. The rules are as follows:

  1. Up to 5 photos may be submitted per individual.
  2. Photos must be submitted by Friday, March 31, 2017 by emailing them to Filenames should include Participant's name, team name, and number (1 to 5) of photo.
  3. Photos are judged on the following criteria:
    • Composition and Quality: layout, creativity, and overall quality of the shot; and
    • Content: photos should show Pepperdine students engaged in service, represent partner organization and work being done, and exemplify Project Serve as a whole. (Please avoid photos of children unless you have a photo release from their parent/guardian.)

First place will receive a giftcard for $50, second will receive one for $25, and third will get a $10 card. The winners from 2015 are below. Questions should be sent to Justin Schneider.

Video Contest

In addition, we will be having the second Team Video Contest. Videos can be sent to Justin Schneider through Videos should focus on the team, showing the work you do, fun you have, and spiritual or reflection elements your team participates in. Videos should be submitted no later than March 31, 2017. Winning team will receive $100 towards their reunion meeting.

Project Serve 2016 Photo Contest Winners

1st Place: Andrea Barrera, Surfing The Nations Team - Wahiawa, HI

Project Serve 2016 STN Team - Pepperdine University

2nd Place: Jessie Mandel, Outreach360 Team - Dominican Republic

Project Serve 2016 Outreach360 - Pepperdine University

3rd Place: Jared Price, Mission at Natuvu Creek Team - Fiji

Project Serve 2016 MNC Team - Pepperdine University

Project Serve 2015 Reflections

More Than Compassion in Guatemala: "We were the first group to come with More Than Compassion to the girl's home. The girls immediately ostracized the guys in our group because of their fear of men. The goal of our team for the week was to show these girls love that they were robbed of growing up. We spent time with them, talked with them, played with them. We laughed with them. We cried with them. We loved them. Project Serve 2015 to Huehuetenango with More Than Compassion was a life changing experience as we faced challenges and obstacles that stretched our comfort zone as we were placed in difficult circumstances physically, mentally and emotionally." - Tyler Ryan

Union Gospel Mission in Seattle: "I am confident is saying that Project Serve wholly shaped my time here at Pepperdine. Without Project Serve, I might still be an atheist. Without Project Serve, I would not have had incredible opportunities to serve and love those in need. Without Project Serve, I would not be who I am today. And for these reasons I am forever indebted to the Project Serve program and those who make it possible."Sarah Madsen (Read the rest of Sarah's story here)

Surfing the Nations in Wahiawa: "Our week on Oahu was packed full of experiences. We took part in projects to take care of the STN property, talked to and learned from the STN staff, and participated in various programs that STN has to offer. We spent one day in Waikiki, where we packed bags of food and passed them out to the homeless, inviting them to attend a BBQ with us later in the day. Team member Monika Haskell commented that "it was really cool to get to know the team in this situation" as it taught us a lot about ourselves and about each other." - Erin Himes (Read more here)